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This Little Life

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 22 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:665
  1. Malcolm Chiswick, medical director
  1. Manchester Royal Infirmary

    BBC 2, 19 February at 9 pm

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    The media has an insatiable appetite for tiny babies attached to tubing, wires, and monitors but it has never quite captured the emotional tensions between parents and between parents and staff.

    Rosemary Kay's television screenplay highlights the intense attachment that develops between a mother, Sadie (played by Kate Ashfield), and her 23 weeks' gestation baby, Luke. Visual images of him at play and at the piano as a healthy child become the focus of her life as she watches him struggle to survive the early weeks. Meanwhile, the dad, Richie (played by David Morrissey), is struggling to cope simultaneously with visiting his …

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